Letters to the Editor week of 11-19-09

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Caregivers

To The Editor:

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month. We at LifeTime Resources would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Switzerland County caregivers for all that you do.

There are currently 50 million family caregivers in the U.S. today. The scope of caregiving can range from simple tasks such as running errands and doing yard work; to 24/7 total care. These caregiving services represent 80-percent of all long-term care services in the United States and have a market value of $375 billion annually.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of informal family caregiving within the healthcare arena.

Those are the facts about caregiving. But the facts don’t speak about the caregivers themselves. Most caregivers slip into the role of caring for a loved one with no real training to support their efforts. They assume this role out of love and a sense of family responsibility.

The National Alliance for Caregiving describes the typical family caregiver as a 46-year old woman caring for her widowed mother, who does not live with her. She is married and employed. This description has stress stamped all over it, and caregiver associated stress is, in fact, a major issue.

The struggle to cope on a daily basis with multiple demands from family, job and caregiving can cause caregiver burnout, health related problems and depression. Research has indicated that family caregivers experiencing extreme stress can have their life expectancy reduced by as many as 10 years (www.thefamilycaregiver.org).

The financial impact of caregiving also takes a toll.

The National Alliance for Caregiving reports that family caregivers spend on average $5,531 per year of their own income caring for their loved ones. The adverse financial effect of this caregiving investment may not be experienced immediately; however, it may impact personal choices the caregiver makes such as dining out or taking a vacation.

The current economic conditions are an added burden for some. Caregiving expenses coupled with an uncertain financial future may put many caregivers at personal financial risk.

Caregiving is far too big a risk to undertake alone. So, we at LifeTime Resources would like to remind caregivers that we are here for you. Our newly established ‘Aging and Disability Resource Center’ has the resources available to help you with caregiving duties and respite services.

Everyone needs a break – a breather.

You will be a better caregiver if you take the time to take care of yourself, and your care recipient will benefit, too. We are here to help you. Call 2-1-1 to find out about resources and respite services in the area.

Sincerely,

LifeTime Resources,

Southeastern Indiana

State road 129

(Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent by the Indiana Department of Transportation to Representative Robert Bischoff in response to his letter to INDOT about the grade and curve issues on State Road 129 just north of Vevay.)

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Dear Representative Bischoff:

Thank you very much for your letter dated September 24th, 2009, requesting the Indiana Department of Transportation to reevaluate a section of State Road 129 for grade and curve issues. The Seymour District has reviewed your request.

State Road 129 was reconstructed in 2005-2007 from State Road 56 to State Road 250 at Pleasant. The road was designed to current standards at a design speed of 50 miles per hour (MPH). This section of road is posted at a speed limit of 50 MPH except in the town of Moorefield which is 35 MPH. According to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s office, these truck accidents are occurring north of Long Run Road. The curve at this location is posted with a curve sign and advisory speed of 35 MPH.

In March of 2009 our traffic department installed larger chevron signs along the curve. They have continued to monitor accidents in this area. Their March 2009 investigation revealed that there had been three accidents involving roll-overs on the uphill grade. To further enhance the warning signage in this area we will install additional signage that will include “truck tipping” warning signage in advance of the curve sign. Once the signs have been fabricated, we will schedule them for installation.

Thank you again for taking the time to bring this concern to my attention.

Robert L. Zier, Chief of Staff

Indiana Department of Transportation

Soccer banquet

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my gratitude for a few select individuals. This past Saturday, my family and I attended the Switzerland County S.A.Y. soccer banquet at East Enterprise Firehouse. All of our youth soccer players and coaches were honored with a delicious dinner, trophies and a great time had by all who attended.

This was all made possible by our soccer board. When we showed up to the banquet I noticed one of my current players, and her sister, one of my former players cooking in the kitchen. Hats off to Morgan and Kacie Kimmel for giving back to the S.A.Y. community for which they have played in for years. I would also like to thank Dawn Ossman for her support and work at the banquet to make it go off without a hitch. I would like to give a special thanks to David Cox and his wife Deborah for their work throughout the S.A.Y. year.

Our youth soccer program has come such a long way due to the diligent work of a select few who truly care about our kids. I can only say in closing the best gift we can give our youth in this community is our time and these people exemplify that motto.

Tully Anderson

Near Markland

YMCA fees

Dear Editor:

It has come to my attention that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the basketball program at the YMCA. I would like to take this opportunity to clear up this confusion.

There is a story going around that the YMCA is charging $5 for parents to watch their child practice at the YMCA. This is not the case. The YMCA does charge a $ 5 daily fee that allows non members to gain access to the facility. If that person only chooses to watch the practice that is their choice. The guest has the opportunity to use the fitness area, pool, walking track or participate in any other daily activity that the YMCA offers. On game days we charge $1 to enter the gym to watch the games. This dollar is good for all the games being played that day. It is true that members do not pay these fees because entry into the YMCA is included in their membership.

Saturday the YMCA hosted a swim meet with another YMCA. The $1 was also charged for entry into the swim meet as well. This policy is not exclusive to the basketball program. This is a building policy. If a parent who is a non member w ants to watch their child swim practice from the deck of the pool then they are subject to the same daily fee.

The daily fee has been in place at the YMCA since the beginning of the Y here in Vevay. Over the past couple of years the Y has allowed guests to enter for “practice” without paying the daily fee. However, guests began using the facility instead of only watching the practice. They w ere using the workout area as well as the pool. We love the fact that people want to come to the YMCA and use the facility, but in fairness to those who are members we made the decision to begin charging the daily fee once again.

The second major reason for the fee is so that we know who is in the building. Guests are asked to sign in when they enter. Our staff then checks the entire guest list against the sexual offender website for safety reasons. We believe that the YMCA has an obligation to ensure that the facility is a safe place for all of our visitors and members.

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that develop a healthy spirit mind and body for all.” If anyone would like to become a member of the YMCA and does not feel that they can afford a membership, come in and see us. We have scholarship assistance available based on the number of members in your family and income. So far this year the YMCA has given nearly $30,000 in scholarships.

Eric Cole, CEO

Switzerland County YMCA